Search site

Council backs campaign to help families cut back on sugar

Public health chiefs in Wolverhampton are backing a new Change4Life campaign to encourage families to 'make a swap when you next shop' and cut back on sugar.

Children in England are consuming around 2,800 sugar cubes more than they should each year - more than double the maximum recommended amount. Most of the sugar comes from sugary drinks, confectionery, biscuits, cakes, desserts, high sugar breakfast cereals and high sugar yoghurts.

Change4Life is showing families how easy it is to cut back on sugar by making a few simple swaps to their everyday food and drinks. Retailers are also highlighting healthier options in-store and in their own advertising, with many using a new Change4Life 'good choice' badge to make it even easier for families to make healthier choices.

Councillor Hazel Malcolm, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Too much sugar is bad for children's health as it can lead to the build up of harmful fat on the inside that we can't see.

"This fat can cause weight gain and serious diseases like type 2 diabetes, which people are getting younger than ever before, and heart disease and some cancers. Too much sugar can also cause painful tooth decay.

"There are many ways that families can cut down their sugar intake, and the Change4Life Sugar Swaps campaign is all about taking small steps that can make a huge difference to your family's health."

Primary school children will receive a free take home pack from school later this month. The pack takes children on an 'Adventure in Sugar Smart World' and features games and stickers to get children to spot the higher sugar food and drinks and choose healthier swaps. It also provides easy tips on everyday sugar swaps for the whole family.

For more information, and to sign up, log on to NHS Change4Life.

  • released: Monday 7 January, 2019